Child Safety

All that & a Can of Soup: AHA and Campbell Soup Co. Face Lawsuit Over “Healthy” Fraud

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. Last week, Kerry O’Shea of Huntington Beach, filed a lawsuit against the American Heart Association and Campbell Soup Co. (CPB) for fraudulently certifying and marketing the company’s soup as healthy. According to the suit, more than 30 of Campbell’s Healthy Request soups actually contain up to six times the AHA’s recommended portion intake of sodium—and nearly add up to an entire day’s recommended consumption. AHA and Campbell Soup Co. are also accused of another scheme, that, for a fee, Campbell’s Soup Co. bought the “heart healthy” certification. O’Shea is attempting to sue under the New Jersey Consumer …

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ATTENTION: “Distracted Driving”–It’s More Than a Thing, It’s An Epidemic

Pamela Mullis, Esq. “Distracted Driving” is generally defined by anything used that distracts you from driving responsibly: cell phone conversations (text or voice, handheld or not), eating, GPS systems, makeup…The umbrella term can be divided into three main types: cognitive, manual, and visual. In 2011, distracted driving caused over 3,000 deaths and 387,000 injuries—and possibly more (distracted.gov). Many of the crashes caused by distracting driving go underreported, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning. Why? Without a witness, it is difficult to prove. And, cellphone records are often difficult to get—in some cases, not even considered. Ben Lieberman of …

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Prescription for Meningitis? Unsafe Pharmaceutical Practice Linked to Nationwide Death and Illness

Mark Zamora, Esq. Last fall, the outbreak of fungal meningitis, which spanned across at least 20 states and took as many as 63 lives, was not an isolated event nor entirely unexpected. The outbreak joins the ranks of many other adverse events caused by the shady practices of drug manufacturing—practices the Food and Drug Administration has failed to gain authority over for nearly 15 years. At the center? Lives lost and some injured for life. Traditional compounding is still a vital part of the drug industry today. What started as a way for local pharmacists to prepare tailor-made medicine made …

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TWEEN CELL PHONE USE

Parents, those of you with “tweens” know that cell phone use has become increasingly common among younger pre-teens.  According to a 2007 study by C&R Research, an independent research company, 46 percent of children ages 9-11 own cell phones and 65 percent of children age 12-14 own a mobile phone. It’s important for parents to establish ground rules for younger teens who wish to use a cell phone. If it’s becoming the norm for “tweens” to use mobile phones, then parents need to regulate for misuse. Older teenagers who drive and have after school jobs, for example, have a greater …

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CHILDREN AT PLAY

For your kids, the warm weather means heading outside to play. Kids in Las Vegas are lucky enough to have dozens of parks nearby for running around and getting sweaty, not to mention daily access to playgrounds at school. Playgrounds also host a bunch of hidden dangers for kids- the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that each year more than 200,000 children visit the emergency room because they’ve been hurt from playground hazards. Go over these potential playground hazards with your little ones before they go crazy on the jungle gym. Uneven/ Impropoer playground surface: Rocks, grass, gravel, cement, brick, and stone, are …

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